Posts tagged "boka group"

Buying a Barrel of Bourbon

The winning bourbon!
Over lunch a week ago, chef Giuseppe Tentori asked, “What are you doing next Monday? I’m going with Ben (Ben Schiller the head mixologist for Boka) to Buffalo Trace to buy a barrel of bourbon for the restaurant. You want to come?” My eyes lit up and I asked if he was joking, thankfully he... Read more »

Balena: A place even Jonah would love!

Balena: A place even Jonah would love!
Chris Pandel is not new to the Chicago dining scene. His smaller restaurant, The Bristol, opened with a cult like following and eventually got every critic on board with how good it was. The menu was focused with chef Pandel’s creations frequently featuring some form of pork. But, this latest project with his partners and... Read more »

Boka Quickfire: A Night in Pictures

The festivities begin!
Last night the Boka Group held their second quickfire challenge between reigning champion Chris Pandel, The Bristol & soon to open Balena, and Stephanie Izard, the Girl and the Goat. A fun night was had by all and here’s a gallery of pictures that captured the essence of the evening.  
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20 Questions with Boka Group Owners Rob Katz & Kevin Boehm

20 Questions with Boka Group Owners Rob Katz & Kevin Boehm
Eerily enough, on the day we did this interview it was Rob’s wedding anniversary and that was the day I met both of them 6 years ago when I was a server. They both happened to be in the restaurant at the same time! I’ve enjoyed dining at their restaurants over the years and just... Read more »

GT Fish & Oyster

One hell of a good bite!
I need to begin this post with a disclaimer. Chef Giuseppe is a good friend. I’ve known him since my days cooking at Charlie Trotter’s. I even attended his wedding this past summer. I know I can’t go in to his restaurant without being noticed. Nothing I’ll say here, he hasn’t already heard. If I... Read more »

2011 Chicago Food Scene Predictions

2011 Chicago Food Scene Predictions
I feel like this prediction thing is futile, no not because it’s TOTALLY overdone. I believe in the Mayan God Chacmool and he’s TOLD me 2012 is my YEAR! Anyway, just in case the great Mayans were incorrect and they factored in Leap Year wrong I’ll give it a go, again just in case we... Read more »
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Chicago Food Scene Gossip

Chicago Food Scene Gossip
This week has had some interesting news and highlights come out! You may not have noticed between the rain, lightening and tornadoes! What’s going on… -          First, this is the kickoff weekend to Taste of Chicago! Personally, I’m not a huge fan because I can get meat on a stick, pizza, tacos or Thai food... Read more »